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Squat Fix: Falling Backward

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Coaching, Exercises

October 19, 2014

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CrossFit HQ’s Russell Berger and Pat Sherwood dissect a common problem: athletes who fall backward when learning the air squat.

Longtime CrossFit trainers have seen it more times than they can count: an athlete falls on his butt at the bottom of the air squat.

The hips go back and down, but then the chest falls. When he tries to regain a neutral midline, it’s time for someone to yell “timber!”

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The Optimal Shoulder

By Zachary Long and Brian Casto

In ExPhysiology, Exercises

September 24, 2014

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Strong shoulders are the key to performance overhead, and four simple movements can help you improve mobility and stability.

A look back at the workouts from CrossFit.com for the 2013 year reveals that over 80 percent of them involved at least one exercise that had a transfer of force through the shoulder girdle.

Therefore, proper function of the shoulder is critical for both optimal performance and injury prevention. An… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Exercises

August 28, 2014

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Want to get better at strict pull-ups? Bill Starr says the secret is simple programming and a lot of dedication.

In the CrossFit Journal article “The Arms Race and Olympic Lifting,” I stated I didn’t think Olympic lifters should do specific work on their biceps. I noted that these athletes get plenty of work for their biceps through all the heavy pulling they do regularly: power cleans, power snatches, full cleans and… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Exercises

November 25, 2013

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Pat Sherwood confesses to a history of biceps curls before detailing favorite WODs that helped him stay fit on an epic motorcycle trip.

In early 2005, I received a phone call from my buddy Dave Castro, who told me I needed to check out the gnarly workouts on a website he had recently discovered.

I pulled up CrossFit.com and saw “Deadlift 1-1-1-1-1-1-1.”

At that moment in my life, I had been doing… Continue Reading

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The Everett Warm-Up

By Josh Everett

In Coaching, CrossFit, Exercises, HD Videos

April 15, 2012

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HQ trainer and old-school CrossFitter Josh Everett takes you through his warm-up, which is designed to get the body primed for high-intensity functional movement.

In Part 1, Everett breaks things down:

1. General monostructural warm-up
2. General joint/muscle mobility
3. Specific joint/muscle mobility
4. Specific movement prep

“The first time your heart rate spikes, you don’t want it to be when you attack that WOD ’cause it’s gonna… Continue Reading

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Perfecting the Box Jump

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

In CrossFit, Exercises, Reference, Videos

March 07, 2012

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Box jumps are mainly about jumping onto a box. Simple, right? But like any CrossFit movement, you can always add a good dose of virtuosity for increased speed, efficiency and grace.

Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli explain exactly how to set up for efficient box jumps, and they say it all starts with foot position and body position. As all supple leopards know, great body position takes work, so Starrett offers up some mobility… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 211

By Justin Judkins

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On Episode 211 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit 1525 owner Nikki Goldin and CrossFit Gymnastics subject-matter expert Jeff Tucker. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

The WOW (Workout of the Week) is from CrossFit Fairbanks in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Complete 10 rounds for time of:
315-lb. deadlifts, 3 reps
6 burpees
9 toes-to-bars

1:35 Nicole “Nikki” Goldin owns CrossFit 1525 in… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 202

By Justin Judkins

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Exercises, Radio

December 14, 2011

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On Episode 202 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit New England owner Ben Bergeron, as well as 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games competitor and strongman expert Rob Orlando. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

The WOW (Workout of the Week) is from CrossFit Local.

21, 15 and 9 reps for time of:
Wall-ball shots, 30-lb. slam ball
275-lb. deadlifts
Burpees
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